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Thread: Queen Movement

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    Default Queen Movement

    Right now my queen and cluster are in the top brood box. When will they move back down?

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    Default Re: Queen Movement

    When there is a flow of nectar they start filling the top as brood emerges up there and the broodnest moves down.

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    Default Re: Queen Movement

    I currently am running a deep lower brood box and a medium upper brood box. I want to replace the medium with a deep to give me double deeps. If I start heavy feeding when it warms up and before the flow, will they store honey or draw comb in the new deep first?

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    Default Re: Queen Movement

    I reverse brood boxes in the spring.

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    Default Re: Queen Movement

    You reverse in Early Spring? Before the Flow?

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    Default Re: Queen Movement

    Yes, and then feed like crazy and make sure they have plenty of pollen sub for early buildup to get maximum honey production later.

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    Default Re: Queen Movement

    I still need my question answered...what will the bees do first when I start feeding...store honey or build comb on empty frames?
    Thanx

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    Default Re: Queen Movement

    Quote Originally Posted by Belewsboy View Post
    ..what will the bees do first when I start feeding...store honey or build comb on empty frames?
    Bees don't build comb just because they can, they build comb so they can utilize it, either for brood or nectar. So they will build comb before they can store nectar in it, but that doesn't mean they will build out a whole box at a time.

    Also, if you are feeding, whatever they store is not honey, it is essentially condensed sugar water.
    Graham
    USDA Zone 7A Elevation 1400 ft

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    Default Re: Queen Movement

    Quote Originally Posted by Belewsboy View Post
    I still need my question answered...what will the bees do first when I start feeding...store honey or build comb on empty frames?
    Thanx
    Feeding light syrup will stimulate bees to draw comb. Reversing boxes will help with swarming...

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